Apr 07, 2022 - Sale 2600

Sale 2600 - Lot 31

Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(BIBLE IN ENGLISH.) The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 18 plates. [787]-1012 pages. Folio, contemporary calf, moderate wear, rebacked; moderate foxing, intermittent dampstaining, early repairs to several leaves. Worcester, MA: Isaiah Thomas, 1791

Additional Details

The New Testament only, extracted from the first folio Bible issued in America. Issued in the same month as the ratification of the Bill of Rights. The plates are all by American engravers, the bulk of them by Joseph Seymour, but also including examples by Norman and Amos Doolittle (his first biblical illustration, pictured).

"The two Thomas Bibles of 1791 were without doubt far in advance of any other publications of the same kind that had appeared in America in point of typography, excellence of paper, binding, and general execution"--Wright, Early American Bibles, pages 74-88. Evans 23186; Hills 29.